The New Zealand Warriors have dropped a bombshell this week, tapping Nathan Fien on the shoulder and telling the strong utility he can start looking for new clubs from here on in.
Fien; a handy hooker, halfback or halves player â€“ was initially tied up with the Warriors until the end of 2009, but has been now been told he is not a key member of plans for for the future and as such, can start making inquiries with other NRL clubs. A solid player with bagloads of experience, Fien is sure to be offered a role somewhere in the NRL with many clubs looking for a senior player to help bring through promising juniors.
â€œIâ€™ve been really happy in Auckland and as is my family, but NRL is a business I suppose,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve been told Iâ€™m not in the plans for NRL 2009. Iâ€™ve asked whether I can have a look at the market and that if something comes up, the club would look at a release. I want to secure the future for my family.
â€œWhile there has already been talk linking me with other clubs, Iâ€™m contracted to the Vodafone Warriors until the end of 2009 at this stage.
â€œI wanted to stay on after that but I really appreciate the way the Warriors have gone about this.â€
Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah gave words of encouragement regarding Fien.
â€œNathan has given the club fantastic service,â€ he said.
â€œWe wanted to give him plenty of notice, that he doesnâ€™t feature in our plans for 2010 and beyond.
â€œWe thought it was only fair to give him an honest view of how we see things as early as possible so it gives him plenty of time to secure a long-term future.â€